TOP NEWS: Democracy: May 14, 2012
- How Justice Roberts Orchestrated Citizens United
- The Big Flip
- Barack Obama: The First Gay President
- The Moral Majority is in Headlong Retreat
- Harsh New Obama Ad: Steelworkers Slam Romney
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Money Unlimited: How Chief Justice John Roberts orchestrated the Citizens United decision- Jeffery Toobin, The New Yorker
“‘Leveling the playing field’ can sound like a good thing,” he wrote. “But in a democracy, campaigning for office is not a game. It is a critically important form of speech. The First Amendment embodies our choice as a Nation that, when it comes to such speech, the guiding principle is freedom—the ‘unfettered interchange of ideas.’”
After Obama’s Decision on Marriage, a Call to Pastors- Peter Baker and Rachel L. Swarn, NY Times
After announcing his decision on gay-marriage, President Obama gathered eight or so African-American ministers on a conference call to explain himself. A vocal few made it clear that the president’s stand on gay marriage might make it difficult for them to support his re-election.
Steelworkers Slam Mitt Romney and Bain Capital in Harsh New Obama Ad- Joe Coscarelli, NY Magazine
“I know how business works. I know why jobs come and why they go,” says Romney in the clip. But the veterans of Kansas City’s GST Steel tell a different story of the Bain takeover..
The Moral Majority is in Headlong Retreat– Edward Luce, Financial Times
America’s culture wars will fizzle on. But the victor was apparent long ago. America will always have pockets of diehard prejudice. But one by one, overt racism and misogyny and, most recently, homophobia have ceased to be respectable.
Gay-Marriage Cases Pose Legal Test for Administration–Jess Bravin, Wall Street Journal
After President Obama endorsed gay-marriage last week, gay-marriage activists will lean on the administration for support of future supreme court rulings on the issue.
Andrew Sullivan on Barack Obama: The First Gay President -Andrew Sullivan, Newsweek
The president’s bold support shifted the mainstream. Andrew Sullivan on why it shouldn’t be surprising—Obama’s life as a biracial man has deep ties to the gay experience.
The Big Flip– Todd S. Purdum, Vanity Fair
Everyone agrees American politics have become completely polarized. Perhaps more remarkable is another change: over the past half-century, the two parties completely switched roles, with the G.O.P. turning into rebels and the Democrats defending the status quo.
A Lethargic Dragon- Reihan Salam, National Review
What you most likely haven’t heard is that across a wide range of economic, technological, and military indicators, the United States is actually, in the words of political scientist Michael Beckley, “wealthier, more innovative, and more militarily powerful compared to China than it was in 1991.